North Carolina to Virginia

Hardy, Virginia

We had more civil rights education to experience at this lovely, working farm in rural Virginia. Booker Taliaferro Washington was born to a slave mother on this tobacco farm, where he, two elder brothers, and his mother lived in the Kitchen Cabin. He never knew his date of birth and his father was never identified. In spite of living in the kitchen and his mother being the plantation cook, they often went hungry.

The Kitchen Cabin is on the left

Freedom came when he was about 10 years old and still living on the plantation. Booker taught himself letters and found his own way to school in Hampton, Virginia, 500 miles from home, where he arrived with no tuition money. He learned to clean and thus paid his way. Later he developed Tuskegee Institute and founded the National Negro Business League. He was honored in many ways: the first African-American to receive an honorary degree from Harvard, the first on a US postage stamp, the first to have a US ship named after him, the first on a US coin, and the first with a national monument in his name.

We continued north to the Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA for overnight, another nice spot. It was March 8, 2020.

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